Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thanks for some words from a wise man
Kudos and thank you to John Small for his letter to the editor on Sept. 2. Small is 82, has consumed fluoridated water for 55 years, and stated that he has not gotten any of the ailments that readers seem to anticipate.

Jury duty complaints: A rebuttal to a letter
The process of getting arrested for failure to appear for jury service is not simply a matter of missing jury duty and then getting arrested as a result.

Fluoride saves money
To mark its 20th anniversary, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is recognizing important achievements in chronic disease prevention and control during the past two decades.

Fluoride has too many risks
Like most people, I never gave fluoridation a thought until the recent debates. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about, so I did some research. I am now opposed to fluoridation for many reasons.

Soaking in chemicals
I do not want to be forced to ingest or absorb fluoride against my will.

Photos: Remembering Sept. 11
Honoring friends

City advances plans for parking garage
Juneau city planners are working on how to make a new 380-car parking garage on Main Street attractive and integrate some leasable commercial space on the ground floor.

Business Digest
Pest control company opens Juneau office, small business center to be set up in Angoon

Southeast tribal leader Paul Jackson dies at 75
Paul Jackson, cultural leader of the Sockeye Clan of Haines, died Monday. He was 75.

Wal-Mart opens to big crowds
The Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot was almost full by 9 a.m. Wednesday on opening day of the 121,000-square-foot Lemon Creek store.

Photo: Assembly candidates gather for forum
Candidates running for Juneau Assembly participate Tuesday in a candidate forum sponsored by the National Organization for Women at the Juneau Senior Center.

Around Town

Around Town

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers

Photo: A glimpse into life in Pakistan
Journalist Ethan Casey stands Tuesday in Juneau. Casey will offer a presentation, "Alive and Well in Pakistan," at 5:30 p.m. today at the Assembly Chambers.

Photo: Marching for suicide awareness
Drummers lead a candlelight march Wednesday on Main Street to commemorate National Suicide Prevention Week. The march organizers hope to call attention to the problem of youth suicide and encourage the prevention of youth violence, bullying and suicide.

Clarification
A Sunday story, "Angoon mayor resigns," in the Juneau Empire did not include the complete quote by Lillian Woodbury, an Angoon city council member.

Man found dead on beach near downtown
The body of a 52-year-old homeless man, John Hansen, was found on the beach near the Department of Labor building downtown Monday evening.

Two sentenced in case of illegal bear hunting on Kupreanof Island
Two men have been sentenced for their roles in an illegal bear hunting case on Kupreanof Island that dates back to 2000, the U.S. attorney's office in Anchorage announced this week.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Missile Defense Agency to outline Juneau plans
The federal Missile Defense Agency will hold a public meeting on Thursday to further explain Juneau's role in upcoming missile interception tests over the Pacific Ocean.

There are many words for the wind
I recently received a letter from Dr. Walter Soboleff, telling of the upcoming annual convention of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Oct. 2-6 in Kake.

Photo: Health fair junkies
Melissa Kenny, Lillian Haggard and Genevieve McLaughlin pose for a picture at the second annual Juneau Health Fair, Aug. 25 at the Nugget Mall.

Of shamans and storms: A Shishmaref story
On one of my last days in Shishmaref, I heard the story of the last shaman. In it, the village's last shaman walked under a large whalebone arch and disappeared. Just like that. My students were unwilling to tell me more,

Juneau groups partner to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day
Three Juneau nonprofits are teaming with the Alaskan Brewing Co. to clean Juneau beaches from 9 a.m. to noon on International Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, Sept. 15, and they're asking Juneau residents to join them to leave our beaches cleaner and safer for fish, seabirds and other wildlife.

Jordans celebrate 50 years
John and Joan Jordan celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 1, 2007, at the Mount Roberts Tramway with family and friends. They were married Sept. 1, 1957, in Tracy, Calif.

Rost, Williams wed
Kelli A. Williams and Paul E. Rost, of Portland, Ore., were married on Aug. 11, 2007, at Osprey Estates in Florence, Ore. The couple was united in a simple ceremony surrounded by friends and family.

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Evelyn Veronica Scott
Juneau resident Evelyn Veronica Scott died Sept. 10, 2007, at her home.

Fenton David James
Longtime Juneau resident Fenton David James died Sept. 9, 2007. He was 75.

Paul H. Steidley
Juneau resident Paul H. Steidley died Sept. 11, 2007, in Juneau after a brief battle with mesothelioma. He was 86.

William Nickinovich
Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Nickinovich died Aug. 25, 2007, surrounded by family at his home in Magnolia, Wash. He was 94.

Theresa Doogan
Juneau resident Theresa Frances Doogan died Sept. 8, 2007, at St. Ann's Residence in Victoria, British Columbia. She was 82.

Outside editorial: Campaign finance system needs fixing
Norman Hsu may turn out to be the best thing that's happened to campaign finance reform in years. The Hsu episode illuminates how the current system produces bad results and why changes need to be made.

We've reached the moment of truth
For the past three weeks the tension, apprehension and, yes, suspicion surrounding Juneau's Kensington Mine has grown in speed and intensity. It's now at a feverish pitch.

My turn: Liberal economic principles bring prosperity to America
The Juneau Empire's publication of Ross Eisenbrey's essay on Labor Day and Rayda Renshaw's My Turn two days later gave me pause to think about the economic fortunes of working people in Alaska and America.

Outside editorial: America's military commander, ambassador see progress in Iraq
Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker testified Monday that the surge of U.S. forces in Iraq has led to military and political progress and that ultimate success in the mission is possible.

Powerful allies vs. philosophical truths
One former state representative has been convicted of bribery. The trial of another is just beginning. With two more to come and investigations of possible corruption by Alaska's two most powerful lawmakers, what is the role of the news media?

JYFL: Cougars mount comeback to down Hurricanes 20-18
The Cougars rallied from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Hurricanes 20-18 in Juneau Youth Football League Senior Division action on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Juneau-Douglas' quiet engine
They are the faceless, nameless players on the football team. Yet, without them, the team accomplishes nothing.

Photos: Capital City Soccer League champions
The Capital City Soccer League Truckers defeated the Rapids 1-0 on Aug. 26 to win the men's championship. Pat's Douglas Inn captured the CCSL Women's Tournament Championship in a 4-1 victory over Valley Paint on Aug. 29. Megan Thomas scored three goals in the win.

Bethel celebrates 50 years
A public citywide celebration continues to mark the 50th anniversary of municipal incorporation in Bethel.

Former patron testifies in Kott's corruption case
The former head of an oil field services company testified Wednesday he was willing to do whatever it took to push the Alaska Legislature toward steps that would lead to the construction of a natural gas pipeline tapping the state's vast North Slope Reserves.

Dems recruit Stevens to champion efficient light bulbs
It's a bright idea: Get one of the Senate's biggest skeptics of the causes of global warming to co-sponsor legislation that encourages conservation.

Oil executives talk of Stevens' support in video
During a secret meeting to discuss what prosecutors say was a dirty deal to keep Alaska oil taxes low, two oil contractors said they had a powerful ally coming to town who could help build support for the plan: Sen. Ted Stevens.

Lobbyist called an unindicted co-conspirator
Former Senate Majority Leader Jerry Mackie has been named an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the federal corruption investigation in Alaska.

Alaska Digest
No damage from Cook Inlet quake, hunter still missing near Delta Junction, jury selection to begin in murder trial, dead whale to serve as lesson in Unalaska, hunter kills moose on private land

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Secret FBI recordings emerge in Kott trial
Jurors in the trial of former state Rep. Pete Kott got their first hint Tuesday of a "smoking gun" - direct evidence that the former House speaker received a financial benefit from the company that stood to make millions if Kott helped push through natural gas pipeline legislation.

Campaign law violations past APOC's scope
An FBI investigation into corruption in the Alaska Legislature has turned up numerous instances of violations of the state's campaign finance laws that will not be prosecuted.

Arctic teens speak out in DVD
Today, almost every community event in the Northwest Arctic Borough schedules a slot for Native dancing.

Officials want BP execs to explain recent fires
Alaska officials Tuesday said BP must address the causes of four recent North Slope oil production facility fires, reprising concerns over BP's lax maintenance practices that last year led to a partial shut down of Prudhoe Bay, the nation's largest oil field.

UAF tries to boost number of Native doctoral students
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a grant to help boost the number of Alaska Natives pursuing doctoral degrees.

Alaska Digest
Coast Guard promotes volunteers in schools, missing Montana hunter found alive, small earthquake rumbles Tyonek

Hearing held on bill to create universal health care in Alaska
State lawmakers are looking at a new bill in advance of the legislative session that would attempt to create universal health care in Alaska.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Former CIRI chief defends contractor
The former chief executive of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. is defending an Anchorage contractor accused of illegally taking $40 million from the Alaska Native corporation.

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